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Circular Economy Business Toolkit

Circular Economy Business Toolkit CoverThe circular economy is an alternative to the predominant linear “take-make-dispose” economy of production and consumption, which relies on large quantities of relatively cheap materials and inputs, and produces a lot of waste. Regenerative by design, a circular economy keeps products, components and materials at their highest utility and value, at all times. It offers fresh opportunities for businesses and communities to more effectively compete in a resource-constrained world and provides a systems-based approach to preventing waste. This Circular Economy Business Toolkit is a how-to guide for businesses of all sizes, and sectors, beginning to explore the opportunities of circular modes of production and service.

The Circular Economy Business Toolkit Guide, authored by Coro Strandberg and published by the National Zero Waste Council, draws on a wide range of existing resources and research to define key terms, outline how businesses can benefit, and present case studies from around the world.

The Circular Economy Business Toolkit covers three key areas:

  • Business Strategy: how to develop a circular business strategy
  • Design Innovation: steps to include circular concepts in the innovation process; and
  • Stakeholder Engagement: how to engage top stakeholders in the circular initiative.

Read the Circular Economy Business Toolkit to learn about circular models which prevent waste through innovative business models or improved design; lengthening a product’s life through enhanced re-use, repair or remanufacture; and improving end-of-life processing and resource recovery. This guide shows how businesses can become circular by making greater use of physical assets, prolonging their life and drawing more on renewable sources.

Download your copy of the Circular Economy Business Toolkit. (3 MB PDF)

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